Reauthorizing the Magnuson-Stevens Act
Since 1976, the Magnuson-Stevens Act has been the cornerstone of American fisheries management. Initially enacted as the Fishery Management and Conservation Act in response to severe depletion of our nation’s marine resources, the Act has gone through several reauthorizations over the years, most recently in 2006. The Act divides the nation’s fisheries into eight regional management zones, each overseen by a Regional Fishery Management Council. The Councils are comprised of stakeholders from each member state, as well as representative from the fishing industry and government. The Councils are charged with making fishery management decisions based on the best available science, with the goal of rebuilding depleted stocks and ensuring sustainable fishing into the future.
IFR and its sister organization, the Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen’s Associations, have been intimately involved with crafting responsible and sustainable fishing provisions under Magnuson-Stevens each time it has come up for reauthorization. We championed fishery conservation measures that promote long-term fishing opportunities, rather than short-term profiteering. We continue to fight for the community fishing recognition and access, and seek improvement of fishery data collection. Please browse this page for thoughts and updates on the ongoing Magnuson-Stevens Reauthorization process.
31 May 2015 Op/Ed by Zeke Grader on the importance of maintaining strong fishery protections in the Magnuson-Stevens Act.
29 May 2015 blog post for the Marine Fish Conservation Network by PCFFA/IFR member Don Marshall.
27 May 2015 Letter to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, also sent to all West Coast members of Congress, urging opposition to H.R. 1335.